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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jun 11, 2014 6:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: tuning and knoodling

Yes, we can agree that Garcia could easily tune his guitar, and often did so in the middle of a song when a string went flat. This happened frequently, particularly due to his penchant for bending almost every note with his very strong left hand.

True, the long delays were annoying... mostly so he could have a smoke and Phil could pull on a beer... and so Weir could finally get HIS guitar in tune. You can hear Weir out of tune on lots of recordings from the early period, even through 1971. The lengthy shows were physically demanding, so some breaks are necessary - they weren't reeling off the hits and clearing out after 45 minutes. Each show was an evening with the GD - the audience got to share time in their living room. If you've ever played music, it's quite normal to break after every song, shoot the shit and rest your hands, voice and mind to prepare for the next song.

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Poster: c-freedom Date: Jun 11, 2014 7:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: tuning and knoodling

Also could look for shows from 1985 when the Grateful Dead had a tendency to jam from one song into the next a lot.
I remember almost dancing myself into the ground for a few of the tighter 85 shows!